Useful and Instructive Poetry.

By Lewis Carroll. With an Introduction by Derek Hudson.

Illustrated by Lewis Carroll.

London: Geoffrey Bles, 1954

 

First Edition. This is the first complete printed version of one of the five surviving “magazines” that Carroll produced to entertain his family. It was handwritten and illustrated by him at the age of 13 in 1845 for his brother Wilfrid and his sister Louisa.

 

The front cover reproduces Carroll’s own lettering, and one of his drawings. Inside, his illustration for “A Tail of a Tale” anticipates, one might argue, the “Mouse’s Tale” in Alice’s Adventured in Wonderland.

 

Exhibit item 5.5